'''William Clark Styron Jr.''' (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) was an American novelist
who won major literary awards for his work.
Styron was best known for his novels, including:
* ''Lie Down in Darkness (novel)|Lie Down in Darkness
'' (1951), his acclaimed first work, published at age 26;
* ''The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)|The Confessions of Nat Turner
'' (1967), narrated by Nat Turner
, the leader of an 1831 Virginia
* ''Sophie's Choice (novel)|Sophie's Choice
'' (1979), a story "told through the eyes of a young aspiring writer from the South, about a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp|Auschwitz
and her brilliant but psychotic Jewish lover in postwar Brooklyn
In 1985, he suffered from his first serious bout with depression (mood)|depression
. When he emerged out from under this initial experience,...